IFP ban draws wide support across India’s political spectrum

The government’s decision to impose a 5-year ban on the Indian Popular Front (PFI) has garnered widespread support across the political spectrum.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who belongs to the BJP, has vehemently welcomed the government’s decision to ban the PFI, calling it a “decisive and bold” step by the Modi government.

“The government is firm in its resolve to ensure that anyone with an evil, divisive or disruptive design against India is dealt with with an iron fist. Modi-era India is decisive and bold,” Sarma tweeted.

Following the ban, Assam Police, which arrested several PFI members across the state, said all district police officials were monitoring any activity by the PFI and its affiliates.

Basavaraj Bommai, Karnataka’s Chief Minister, said all political parties across the political spectrum had called for a ban on IFPs. He said it was “a long-standing demand of the people of this country, of all political parties, including the opposition like the CPI, the CPM and the Congress”. He added: “PFI has been involved in anti-national activities, violence. They had their command outside the country”

India’s decision to ban the Indian Popular Front (PFI) was taken to prevent the spread of international terror in India. The Indian government notification pointed out that some of the founding members of the PFI are the leaders of the banned Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). He points to PFI’s links with the proscribed Jamat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). He said PFI also had ties to ISIS.

Internationally, the group has raised funds from its committees which have been established in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, according to a charge sheet from the Enforcement Department.

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury also offered qualified support for the government’s decision. “We must politically isolate those forces that propagate extremism, terrorist tactics and must also take administrative and firm measures against all criminal activities they engage in; at the same time, any extremist activity in which a section engages must be countered. »

Arif Masood, MP and member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said PFI should have been banned sooner. “…When IB was giving entries, it should have been banned immediately. Why did they wait so long? The question arises because they took so long.

Some of the victims of PFI crimes have offered tacit support for the PFI ban. Professor TJ Joseph, a former professor of Malayalam literature at Newman College in Thodupuzha, whose hand was cut off by PFI activists 12 years ago for alleged blasphemy, did not openly respond. “So I don’t react. Many victims of PFI attacks are no longer alive. I would like to observe the silence in solidarity with these victims.

AIMIM’s expected president, Owaisi, said in a series of tweets that the PFI ban was “draconian”. “A draconian ban like this is dangerous because it is a ban on any Muslim who wishes to speak out. The way India’s electoral autarky is approaching fascism, every young Muslim will now be arrested with a PFI pamphlet under Indian Black Law, UAPA.”

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